Struggling with learning difficulties, Stefan was bullied throughout his childhood. His parents divorced when he was 19 and feeling as though his life was spiralling out of control, Stefan took an overdose. For many years, Stefan was addicted to alcohol; he was in and out of employment and would steal to fund his drinking habit. This caused a great deal of pain to his family and himself.
Step Together is pleased to announce our participation in Oodles Charity Credits. Oodles is a micro donation platform that rewards donors for helping charities and showing their support on social media.
We are proud to be supporting women to take action and make positive changes in their lives and the lives of others in their communities. On International Women's Day, we are celebrating women's journeys, the challenges overcome and applauding their achievements.
Sue has managed our work in schools and with disengaged young people in Dumfries and Galloway since 2010. She talks to us about her role as Volunteer Project Manager, including memorable moments and achievements. We also asked her about her New Years reolutions!
Mike met Elaine from Step Together in January 2016 at Tedworth House, a recovery centre for wounded, injured and sick service personnel. He had become reclusive, rarely leaving the house, and had withdrawn from the support being offered to him. After getting to know Mike and his interests, Elaine discovered he had a passion for the outdoors.
After years of uncertainty and little hope for change, Dylan has decided to go back into higher education this year and has reflected on how, with Step Together’s support, he has been able to take positive steps towards a better future. This is his story:
1. More than 650 vulnerable people received intensive 1:1 support. Step Together clients are those at the margins of our communities. Isolated and disengaged from society, your support has meant we have been there to help them build a more positive future.
Mike was facing challenging circumstances that seemed insurmountable. A former offender, he had found himself in a cycle of substance misuse, homelessness and also struggling with mental health issues. Support from Step Together and a well-matched volunteering placement, has enabled Mike to regain his confidence and feel more positive about his future.
With Christmas fast approaching, we are excited to announce that we are well over half way to reaching our Christmas Appeal target and would like to thank everyone who has donated and supported the appeal so far.
Last month, we commissioned an external evaluation of our Rehabilitation through Volunteering programme which supports wounded, injured and sick (WIS) service personnel and veterans across the UK. The programme helps these individuals to make significant change in their lives through 1:1 support and active engagement in local community volunteering placements to aide their recovery and transition into civilian life. The feedback has been extremely positive and we wanted to share some of the results with our supporters.
Jill has been working for Step Together since February 2015. Alongside her day job, Jill also volunteers at a homeless night shelter. Jill will be trekking the Great Wall of China next week to raise money for Step Together and the Greater Manchester Homeless Night Shelters.
Earlier this year, Jim was nominated to be the recipient of the funds raised by the BBC programme, Street Auction, sending him and his family on a dream holiday to Canada in recognition that despite significant challenges, Jim has turned his life around and helped his local community through hours of volunteering. Totally unaware that he would be the beneficiary of the money raised, Jim immediately offered to help on the day and was running the cake stall with his family when it was announced during filming.
Coming to terms with an impending medical discharge from the military, can be a demoralising and daunting time for service personnel. With his confidence rapidly decreasing, Scott found himself facing this difficult challenge, uncertain of how to move forward. With Step Together’s support, volunteering has been the turning point Scott was looking for and he is now well on his way to building a more positive future.
Deprivation and family breakdown are two major causes of homelessness amongst young people in the UK. Thomas is one of the many young people who have found themselves on the street following family difficulties, with little going for him and a seemingly impossible task to get his life on track. With support from Step Together to secure a volunteer position as a Youth Worker, Thomas now feels he belongs somewhere and is looking forward to a brighter future.
Over the next couple of months our Volunteer Project Manager, Jill, will be completing her final preparations and training for the ‘Charity Challenge’ trek, before flying to Beijing on the 22nd October. She will be climbing over 10,000 steps and covering a distance of over 100km of the Great Wall of China to raise money for Step Together and the Greater Manchester Homeless Night Shelters, where she volunteers during the winter months.